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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Limit \Lim"it\ (l[i^]m"[i^]t), noun [From L. limes, limitis: cf. F. limite; -or from E. limit, v. See {Limit}, verb (used with an object)]

1. That which terminates, circumscribes, restrains, or confines; the bound, border, or edge; the utmost extent; as, the limit of a walk, of a town, of a country; the limits of human knowledge or endeavor.

As eager of the chase, the maid Beyond the forest's verdant limits strayed. --Pope.

2. The space or thing defined by limits.

The archdeacon hath divided it Into three limits very equally. --Shak.

3. That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent.

The dateless limit of thy dear exile. --Shak.

The limit of your lives is out. --Shak.

4. A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance.

I prithee, give no limits to my tongue. --Shak.

5. (Logic & Metaph.) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia.

6. (Math.) A determinate quantity, to which a variable one continually approaches, and may differ from it by less than any given difference, but to which, under the law of variation, the variable can never become exactly equivalent.

{Elastic limit}. See under {Elastic}.

{Prison limits}, a definite, extent of space in or around a prison, within which a prisoner has liberty to go and come.

Syn: Boundary; border; edge; termination; restriction; bound; confine.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Limit \Lim"it\, verb (used without an object) To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Limit \Lim"it\ (l[i^]m"[i^]t), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Limited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Limiting}.] [F. limiter, L. limitare, fr. limes, limitis, limit; prob. akin to limen threshold, E. eliminate; cf. L. limus sidelong.] To apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate, circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits; as, to limit the acreage of a crop; to limit the issue of paper money; to limit one's ambitions or aspirations; to limit the meaning of a word.

{Limiting parallels} (Astron.), those parallels of latitude between which only an occultation of a star or planet by the moon, in a given case, can occur.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability" [syn: {limit}, {bound}, {boundary}]

2: final or latest limiting point [syn: {terminus ad quem}, {terminal point}, {limit}]

3: as far as something can go

4: the boundary of a specific area [syn: {limit}, {demarcation}, {demarcation line}]

5: the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity [syn: {limit}, {limit point}, {point of accumulation}]

6: the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed; "there are limits on the amount you can bet"; "it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight" [syn: {limit}, {limitation}]


1: place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: {restrict}, {restrain}, {trammel}, {limit}, {bound}, {confine}, {throttle}]

2: restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day" [syn: {limit}, {circumscribe}, {confine}]

3: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: {specify}, {set}, {determine}, {define}, {fix}, {limit}]

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